NEW YORK -- Coco Crisp joked that he is becoming an old man. This, after the 28-year-old experienced soreness in various areas of his right leg -- from the buttocks to the calf to the Achilles -- from what he suspects is a result of too many bunts in the cold air of Cleveland.
The Red Sox's center fielder bunted three times amid the 30-degree temperatures on Monday night. Each time, it was a bang-bang play. Crisp was out the first time, safe the second time and just out on a sacrifice the third time, though replays indicated he might have been safe.
Crisp did manage to play Tuesday, but was sore enough that he didn't think it would be wise to start Wednesday night against the Yankees. Jacoby Ellsbury made the start in center field and batted leadoff.
"I'm OK. It's just sore," said Crisp. "I think it was the other day, trying to do all those dang bunts and then being in a coat and not being warm. That tightened me up and I'm sore, so we'll take it day by day."
Will Crisp play Thursday?
"Maybe a couple of days," said Crisp. "[I have] to make sure I'll be OK."
Crisp and Ellsbury have been splitting the center-field duties and both players are faring well. Crisp is hitting .325 in 40 at-bats, and Ellsbury came into the night with a .280 average in 25 at-bats.
Ian Browne is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.